Your first visit to Ted O. Mason, D.D.S. or Debra K. Schmidt, D.D.S. establishes a vital foundation for our relationship with you. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information, like your medical history, and give you time to get to know your doctor. To understand what to expect for your first visit to our practice, please read through this page. You'll find all the practical information you need, such as a map and directions to our office, practice hours, payment policies and more. There's also background information about our committed staff and our first visit procedures. You can even save some time at your first visit by printing out and completing the patient forms in advance of your appointment.
Every person who enters our office will be given the opportunity to have the finest dental care we know how to provide.
Our goal is to treat every person with the dignity and respect we would want for ourselves. A lifetime with a healthy, comfortable and attractive mouth is what we want for you.
For Parents Of Minor Patients ~ Helping Children Become Good Dental Patients
Helping children develop into cooperative dental patients begins before their first visit to the dentist. Children are put more at ease when we speak of dentists as helpers - like firemen and teachers. Children need to know that dentists help us keep our teeth clean and healthy. And clean healthy teeth not only keep our smile nice, but also help ensure that we have teeth for eating our favorite foods for the rest of our lives.
At Mason and Mason Dentistry, we often introduce children to the experience of dental treatment with a "show-and-tell" session. We show young patients some of the tools and materials we use, and let them hold dental instruments and ask questions. We explain what they can expect at the dentist and what we are going to do during their visit. This familiarization helps children feel more comfortable.
What Not To Do:
Occasionally dentists will hear about parents who try using threats to get their children to cooperate at the dentist. Saying things like, "If you don't behave, your teeth will fall out,' (Yes! We have actually heard this!) or, "Be good or the dentist will have to give you a shot," are counterproductive and create negative feelings in children about the dentist. Please never mention shots before children's dental appointments. Most routine visits do not require a shot. And if a shot is needed, 90 percent of the time our dental patients don't feel a thing and don't realize they've received a shot. Since that's so often the case, we don't believe there is anything to be gained by mentioning shots.
In our experience, the kids who have the best dental experiences are those who have been told that going to the dentist is not that big of deal. They should know that everyone does it. Mommy goes to the dentist. Daddy goes to the dentist. Teachers and grandparents, neighbors and friends - everyone goes to the dentist. In fact, now there are even dentists for dogs!
Another consideration is the time of day you schedule appointments. Young children tend to tolerate dental appointments better early in the morning. A 4-year old usually has an easier time controlling himself/herself at 8:00 a.m. than 4:00 p.m., so we suggest morning appointments.
Let's Work Together:
We know it's tough being parents and getting your kids to understand the importance of good oral hygiene. (We're parents, too!) We can work to keep your children's teeth healthy, but we need your help forming a positive attitude toward the dentist. Please consider how you talk about the dentist. Remember, we are helpers. We want to help our patients keep their teeth healthy and strong for a long, long time.
Please print and fill out these forms so we can expedite your first visit:
- Welcome Form
- Medical History
- Financial Policy
- Notice of Privacy Practices
- Acknowledgement of Privacy Practices
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What To Expect
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. Educate yourself on your symptoms by reviewing the content on this Web site. Also, take some time to review our staff page and familiarize yourself with the doctors. We look forward to your first visit.
Directions and Parking
We are located near the Towne East Square Mall